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Bisons down Hawks in shootout
Laurier: 2 Bisons UMSU Tournament - Lethbridge: 0

WINNIPEG, Man – The #3 nationally ranked Manitoba Bisons (14-0) defeated the #2 ranked Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (15-0-0) in a 3-2 shootout to earn a first place finish at the inaugural UMSU Bison hockey tournament.

“Having four games in three days really prepared us for the second half,” commented head coach RICK OSBORNE. “It was the overload we needed.”

The Golden Hawks defeated the Bisons earlier in the tournament in a 2-1 shootout victory.

To get to the final Laurier defeated the Lethbridge Pronghorns 2-0 in the semifinal, while the Bisons took out the Minnesota Thoroughbreds  3-2.

Wilfrid Laurier opened the scoring at 3:53 in the first period with Lauren Barch (Burlington, Ont.) scoring for the Hawks.  Manitoba’s Leanne Kisil (Winnipeg, Man.) evened the game with a power player marker  at the twelve minute mark  and then the Bisons Becca King (Thunder Bay, Ont.) gave the home team the go-ahead goal.

The Golden Hawks would storm back in the second period out shooting their opponents 15-3. Kaley Powers (Kingston, Ont.) scored the tying goal midway through the period while the Bisons Amy Coates (Carman, Man.) sat in the penalty box.

Each team played their defensive brands of hockey in the third period, with only nine shots fired in the entire frame.  Overtime also resolved nothing so the game went to a shootout.

The Bisons shots first and were stopped while Andrea Bevan (Collingwood, Ont.) fired and scored. The next two shooters both missed and then Manitoba’s Becca King beat Hawk netminder Cindy Eadie (Brantford, Ont.) to keep the Bisons alive. Laurier’s Abby Rainsberry (Petrolia, Ont.) couldn’t convert on her chance so the shootout went to extra shooters. The next two players were stymied by each teams respective goaltenders. Finally, Leanne Kisil from Manitoba was up and went to take a shot and lost a handle on the puck which slipped past Laurier’s netminder. The purple and gold’s final shooter was unable to score, icing the game for the home team.

Laurier’s Cindy Eadie faced a total of 19 shots during the game and turned aside 17 in the loss while her counterpart Stacey Corfield (Winnipeg, Man.) faced 34 and made 32 saves.

The Bisons went 1-7 with the man-advantage while the Golden Hawks were able to capitalize on one of their three opportunities.

Laurier will continue their season on the road, playing the Lancers in Windsor on Saturday, January 11th at 4:10 p.m.

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